The Dolomites

The Dolomites Occupying a significant portion of the Southern Limestone Alps, extending from west to east from the River Adige to Piave Valley and from north to south from Puster Valley to Sugana Valley respectively, it envelops the beauteous provinces of South Tyrol, Belluno and Trentino. If that was not enough, the Dolomites were also declared to be an UNESCO World Heritage Site in August 2009, marking its name forever as the spot you need to visit on your next holiday to Italy.

You might have been thinking about going to the Dolomites during the span of your summer holidays in Italy but you might not have the conviction to take the final plunge. That’s where we step in. We venture out to give you a detailed idea of the possibilities that booking a ski holiday for your family in the Alps today would hold for you so that you can enjoy every little aspect of the mountain ranges and come back rejuvenated ready to stand at the top of the world!

When in Dolomites you would be able to make the most of the best of both worlds with the contrast between pinnacles, steeples and rock walls as well as karst systems and glacial landforms captured spectacularly in the unique geomorphology of the region. Though avalanches, floods and landslides are a frequent occurrence, you can safely book your family a holiday in the Alps knowing that in no other place can you witness the display of the preserved systems of Mesozoic carbonate platforms as well as the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of seeing the fossil records which are only to be found here.

Rich historical background: A Treasure Trove for the Dreamers

If are someone who has always shied away from visiting mountain ranges just because who hate the adventure intrinsically associated with it, it’s time to change all of that now. Unlike other mountain ranges, when you think of a holiday in the Dolomites, you are assuring yourself a trip to a place of a rich cultural and historical heritage which holds pleasant surprises for you at each turn. Dolomites formed the crucial dividing line between the Austrian-Hungarian and Italian forces during the First World War and even now the open air war museums at Mount Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri are teeming with tourist willing to partake of even a whiff of the marching armies driven by the need to protect their countries. There are others who set on a walk on the long trails, a series of long distance footpaths called ‘Alte Vie’ which first came into existence during the World War. You should set aside at least a week to walk across these high paths coursing the entire length of the Dolomites and if you are looking for accommodations, you can always avail residence in the ‘Refuges’ or huts that dot the mountain range.

Dolomites: The Paradise on earth for the Adventurer in you

If you are planning your trip to the Dolomites in the winter season, you should know that this place becomes an absolute haven for ski enthusiasts in the icy cold weather. The two ski carousels of Dolomiti Superski and Skirama Dolomiti offer tourists like you to engage in the delights of everything from skiing in the Dolomite Alps to snowboarding through the enchanting woods and valleys, from enjoying your family bonding time in through skating, curling, sleigh riding and ice climbing to visiting all the prominent ice stadiums in the area. You can also play golf in the various golf hotels in the Dolomites.

It’s an imperative that you start your accommodation search for cheap apartments and browse through the hotel packages now with bed and breakfast facilities now so that you can find all the special offers for an unforgettable experience for both kids and adults on your next family vacation to the Dolomites.

SOUTH TYROL

From cities to idyllic storybook villages, national parks to lakes and mountains, there is rarely a landform that doesn’t exist in South Tyrol. Hence, it doesn’t come as any surprise that it is one of the most picturesque regions in the whole earth. If you are looking to visit South Tyrol on a family vacation and are seeking for some information about the attractions and events in this place as well as the hotel accommodations that are available here, you have reached the right place.

Events in South Tyrol

  • Strickersprint Plose, a sports competition often held atop the skiing slopes.
  • Asparagus season at Terlano/ Terlan when the curative and delicious plant is harvested in South Tyrol.
  • South Tyrolean Milk Festival revives the traditional techniques of ‘butter pounding’ and honour the dairy farmers who supply approximately 363 liters of milk to South Tyrol every year.
  • South Tyrolean Bread and Strudel Market which educates you on the historical development of bread and strudel and showcases local varieties of the same. Expect folkloric tales and authentic recipes to abound.
  • Passo Stelvio/ Stilfserjoch Cycling Day where the participating cyclists have to cross 48 hairpin bends located at an altitude of 1848 meters to emerge victorious.
  • Speck Festival held during October where the gastronomic specialty of ‘Speck’ is displayed and a ‘Speck Queen’ is chosen from amongst the gathered girls. This year might be your lucky year.
  • South Tyrolean Music Festival features various performances by brass bands and furthers the cause of Bohemian and Moravian style of music.

Finding accommodations in South Tyrol is quite easy if you just book your hotel prior to making a visit. From bed and breakfast to farm holidays and camping opportunities, the world will be at your feet when you are in South Tyrol.

TRENTINO

Located at the far northern region of Italy, Trentino forms the province of Trentino Alto-Adige/ Südtirol. Trentino is famous for the Marmolada glacier which forms the highest mountain of the Dolomites as well the Adige River and valley which was the erstwhile historical passage between Northern Europe and Italy. Don’t forget to book your hotel in Trentino prior to your visit and you will be able to enjoy your stay.

Some of the places where you can engage in adventure sports in Trentino include:

  • Riva Del Garda
  • Nago-Torbole
  • Madonna di Campiglio
  • Andalo
  • Moena
  • Canazei
  • Cavalese
  • Molveno
  • San Martino di Castrozza
  • Arco
  • Fiemme Valley
  • Lavarone
  • Pinzolo
  • Vigo di Fassa
  • Folgaria

The province BELLUNO in VENETO

Belonging to the north eastern region of Italy, Veneto extends from the mountain ranges of the Dolomites to the Po River Delta and the Adriatic Sea. While sandy beaches seem to be never ending, the resorts of Bibione, Jesolo, Caorle and Cavallino are tourist destinations in their own right. It’s the ideal place to indulge in comfort and relaxation due to the Euganean Hills with their therapeutic thermal waters. If you are someone who enjoys the small pleasures of life, you might want to visit the small villages of Bassano del Grappa, Asolo, Arquà Petrarca and Monselice for the country charm.

The Festivals you should enjoy once in Veneto

  • Panevin
  • Saint Mark’s Feast Day
  • Nadal
  • San Giovanni Battista
  • La Sensa
  • Pasqua
  • Vendemmia
  • La Festa del Redentor
  • San Nicolo de Bari

The province of Belluno in Veneto in northern Italy encompasses the Schiara range of the Dolomites Mountains in the north and boasting of the famous ski resorts of Nevegal to the south. The optimum temperature of 9ºC makes it the ideal tourist destination for a tourist getaway during the summer months when the attractions of this small town would keep you occupied till the last days of your vacation in the Dolomites.

The Main Tourist Attractions of Belluno Province include:

  • Palazzo del Capitano
  • The Gothic and baroque style church of San Pietro
  • The red edifice present in the Communal Palace
  • The fountain in Piazza del Duomo
  • The 16th century churches of Santa Maria dei Battuti and San Rocco
  • The Romanesque church San Biagio
  • The famous Duomo Cathedral
  • The Bishop’s Palace
  • The ancient walls which contain the gates of Porta Rugo and Porta Dojona
  • Palazzo dei Rettori
  • The famous painting ‘Adoration of the Magi’ in the church of Santo Stefano

Major Tourist Attractions in the Dolomites, South Tyrol, Trentino and Veneto

  • Dolomiti Superski Carousel: The Dolomiti Superski Carousel is famous all over the world as being one of the most epic ski carousels in the entire world. Skiing in the Dolomite Alps becomes an compulsion since in no other place would you be able to get the resources of 450 ski lifts, 1220 km ski runs, 475 ski runs through 12 of the most picturesque valleys.
  • Skirama Dolomiti Carousel: Located in the Brenta Dolomites, this ski carousel connects all the ski resorts and covers an area of approximately slopes with a 360 kilometers radius and 140 ski lifts reaching up to an astounding height of 3000 meters making it the popular spot for skiing in summer as well.
  • Renon/Ritten Cable car – Funivia del Renon- The Cable car which connects Soprabolzano to Bozen is one of the widely popular attractions in South Tyrol having a short commute time and easy accessibility. Bringing the best of an aerial gondola and tramway together, the cabins can hold up to 30 passengers with the facility of bringing even strollers and bikes onboard. The breathtaking views of Bolzano, Sciliar, Rosengarten and Oltradige areas are enough to travel via this route.
  • Castel Tirolo/Schloss Tirol castle- Located in the South Tyrol district of Italy, the Tyrol castle had previously been the ancestral home of the Counts of Tyrol. Archeologists have traced the existence of this castle to the middle ages and is supposed to have fallen into a steep gorge and subsequently sold to be used as a quarry. In modern times, it has become a place of interest to the tourists owing to the Romanesque portals, the chapel’s frescoes and numerous marble sculptures depicting everything from geometric ornaments to legendary creatures.
  • Fortress Fortezza/ Franzensfeste- The fortress of Franzensfeste in South Tyrol has many tales to tell, having been built by Franz I, an Austrian emperor as the strongest fortifications in all of Europe and was used as a storage space for Nazi gold. Though soon it became obsolete, the structure remains intact till this date, adding grandeur and dignity to the landscape.
  • Coira/ Churburg Castle- Originally built by the Bishops of Churburg as a church residence during the Renaissance period, this castle passed on its ownership to the family of the Counts of Trapp. The Coira Castle presently boasts of a humongous collection of armor of a remarkable artistic value, which draws tourists from all over the world.
  • Brennero/ Brenner–Bolzano/ Bozen Bike Route - Brennero-Bolzano Bicycle Route If you are someone who likes to enjoy idyllic scenery while getting your dose of adventure, this bike route which extends from Brennaro to Bressanone and finally ends at Bozen is the place to be.
  • Alta Via Europa 2/ Europa Höhenweg- The Alta Via Europa 2 trail is one of the longest in Dolomites, covering an area of approximately 340 kilometers. The walk consisting of 22 legs begins from Brennero moves on to Brixen and ends in Feltre in Veneto.
  • Sledding Trail Monte Cavallo/ Rosskopf- This illuminated toboggan trail extending up to 9.6 kilometres is the perfect fit for the families who want to go sledding without partaking of the risks involved.
  • Lake of Carezza/ Karersee- The lake of Carezza with its deep turquoise blue color seems to be straight out of a fairytale. If this lake could bewitch the likes of Churchill, Christie and Sissi, the Austrian empress, who are you to doubt its charm?
  • The Resia/ Reschen Pass and The tower of the sunken church- The Resia/ Reschen pass forms the heart around the tower of the submerged church which can often be seen protruding above the lake. While the summer sees this place at its vibrant best, winters sees it transformed to a hub for skiing and is often renamed into “Skiparadies Reschenpass” during the season.
  • Castelbello/ Kastelbell and Ciardes/ Tschars- At the foot of the Texel group of mountains in Mounte Sole, you will find various historic homesteads as well as architecture which gives this village an authentic country aura.
  • Kalterer See/ Lake Kaltern- A product of the fertile imagination of the Viennese architect Ernst Fuchs, the lake of Kalterer See becomes the go to place of tourists as the temperatures soar. Your kids would fall in love with the pedal boat facilities available here.
  • Pragser Wildsee or Lake Prags, Lake Braies- Lake Prags saw the transfer of concentration camp inmates to South Tyrol during the World War II. If you happen to visit it during winter, you can enjoy a walk over the frozen lake an ecstatic experience in itself.
  • Prösels Castle Schloss Prösels- Leonhard of Völs built this Gothic castle, which avails the tourists with the opportunity of taking guided tours during the summer months and the Christmas holidays.
  • Maretsch Castle Schloss Maretsch- A Renaissance castle and a present day convention centre, this one welcomes visitors only after prior reservation for events such as business dinners, weddings and congresses.
  • Tappeiner Promenade- The 4 kilometers long sun kissed trail owes its origin to Franz Tappeiner, a researcher and is a paradise for all lovers of flora. From Mediterranean plants to oak trees, from eucalyptus to more exotic species like bamboo, palm and cactus this trail has it all.
  • GEOPARC Bletterbach - UNESCO World Heritage (Aldino)- If you love waterfalls, hiking and geological treasures, this place is just the one for you.
  • Mendelbahn (Caldaro sulla Strada del Vino- Near the Mendel pass? Don’t miss the train ride which takes you to St Anton near Caldaro and back again. The small detour would be worth it!
  • Mountain Cinema Knottnkino (Verano)- Imagine a open air cinema hall with the difference that you would be able to see the beauties of nature rather than a film. Sounds interesting? That’s because it is!
  • Cascate del Pisciadu (Corvara in Badia)- The waterfalls near Corvara can be accessed with a short walk. The green meadows near the falls give you another reason to visit this one.
  • Train World (Eisenbahnwelt) (Rabla)- A short walk away from the Rabla railway station, the Train World is surprisingly the most under estimated attraction of the Dolomites region. You will find the exhibition and large reproduction of varieties of trains and James Bond cars here.
  • Schenna Castle and the Mausoleum (Scena)- The imposing and somber exterior of this castle tells the tourists the tales of ages forgotten.
  • Pharmacy Museum Bressanone (Bressanone)- Assimilating the best of modern art, architecture and history together, this place documents 400 years of pharmacy in one place. Everything from ancient medicine to devices, from packaging material to containers have been displayed here.
  • Planetarium South Tyrol (Cornedoall'Isarco)- If spending moments under the stars with your loved ones is a dream come true for you, you have to visit this new facility in South Tyrol. The 3D effects and presentations capture the minds of all those who happen to visit here and the audience can also get their questions answered if they want.
  • Messner Mountain Museums- Richard Messner designed these groups of mountain museums in the Dolomites, Firmian, Corones, Ripa, Juval and Ortles so that man could interact one on one with the stunning mountains and emerge closer to nature.
  • Christmas Markets in South Tyrol, Trentino, Belluno Christmas time is ideal period for a family vacation to the Dolomites. Don’t believe us? Just visit any of the Christmas markets in South Tyrol, Trentino and Belluno and remain stupefied by the huge number of handicrafts available here. Enjoy the music and feast on the assortment of gingerbread biscuits, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.

Dolomites of South Tyrol

The region of South Tyrol and its landscape variety make the surrounding Dolomite Mountains a natural and cultural wonder. 

The wine and food, the monuments and the fascinating towns that make up this area’s cultural heritage make the Dolomites of South Tyrol a must-visit destination for nature and sport lovers. South Tyrol represents a dream destination for skiers and mountaineers looking forward to experience the best mountains in the whole Dolomite range. 

The peaks of the Dolomites of South Tyrol are amongst the highest of the Dolomitic group and reach heights of more than 3000 meters. The most important are Marmolada, Tofana, Rozes, Sassolungo, Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Mount Pelmo. Also, Dolomites offer unique natural landscape views that can be enjoyed from special viewing points such as Sass Pordoi, precisely located in South Tyrol. Other mountain ranges entirely spread within the borders of the South Tyrolean area are Tre Scarperi, Baranci, Braies Dolomites, Cunturines, Sass de Putia and Odle-Puez.

The Dolomite Mountains offer astonishing and extraordinary landscapes and unique holiday opportunities in every season of the year. The following is a list of some of the most beautiful peaks in the Dolomites. 

Val d’Ultimo - Alta Val di Non

During both summer and winter months, the valley represents the perfect choice for all those who want to discover the true natural treasures of the Dolomites. If you are particularly looking forward to find some relax opportunities, the best choices can be swimming in the outdoor swimming pool of Santa Valburga, enjoying the wonderful artificial lake of Zoggler, with its sparkling emerald hues, or visiting Santa Elena Church. You will find that there is always something to do up in the Dolomites of South Tyrol! 

Also, if you are looking for the utmost serenity, you can visit the Val di Non Valley, where woods, lush meadows and crystal clear mountain lakes abound. The valley extends between the three main locations of San Felice, Lauregno and Senale. It is a peculiar and spectacular place, ideal for those looking for peace, relax and tranquility. 

Valle Isarco

The Isarco Valley is one of the main valleys of South Tyrol and it spreads from the Isarco River spring to Brennero and Bolzano. This huge valley is made up by other valleys such as Racines, Funes and Luson. It is well-known for its culinary arts, cultural and sport tourism and above all for its secular wine-making tradition. 

Its unique sunny terraces represent an attraction you simply cannot miss!

Renon

The Renon Upland, on the north side of Bolzano, has its border marked on the east side by the Asarco River and on the west side by the Talvera River and comprehends 17 enchanting suburbs offering wine and food, a long standing wine tradition, landscape wonders and cultural traditions like you have never seen before. With its 300+ days a year of sun, Renon is the perfect place to practice hiking or climbing, during both winter and summer. The Renon hiking area with its 200+ kilometers of paths and trails can be described as the most beautiful natural park of Italy. Here’s a little curious fact: the highest earth pyramids are found right here in Renon, where this natural phenomenon can be observed in several areas on the Upland. 

Val Pusteria, Plan de Corones

Val Pusteria Valley extends across Valle Aurina to Valle Anterselva, reaching Val Badia. Val Pusteria Valley is especially famous for the touristic destination of Plan de Corones and for the renowned peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Plan de Corones offers all kinds of amenities for adventure and sport tourism enthusiasts. Also, Plan de Corones represents South Tyrol's number one ski resort and is a very popular destination among winter sports lovers; it also includes Speikboden and Klausberg. During summer, a season mountain enthusiasts also love, Val Pursteria offers chances for peaceful hikes to the alpine huts and for the practice of sport activities like swimming and rafting. 

Val d’Ega - Catinaccio-Latemar

Val d’Ega Valley, on on the south-west side of Dolomites, has a surface of about 250 km² and extends from a few kilometers away from Bolzano to the Costalunga Pass. Its borders are also defined by the Sciliar Mountain, the Catinaccio Group and the Latemar Mountain, all of which are breathtaking and unmissable landmarks!

Alpe di Siusi, Sciliar

Your holiday on the Alpe di Siusi Upland - the largest upland in Europe - and around the towns of Fiè allo Sciliar, Siusi, Castelrotto and Tires al Catinaccio will be unforgettable and will unveil to you the unique natural and cultural heritage of the area. It represents a perfect destination for families and other tourists. 

Val Sarentino

Val Sarentino Valley offers all you need to turn your holiday in an adventurous and unforgettable experience. With its traditional and characteristic isolated “masi” - farmsteads surrounded by wonderful green meadows - the valley invites all nature lovers to linger in admiration of this unique biodiversity. No less than 140 peaks surround Val Sarentino, making it the ideal destination for hikers and bikers.

Valle di Tures - Valle Aurina

The Aurina Valley runs from Gais to Predoi and it is crossed by the Aurino River. It is a large area of more than 600 km² packed full of natural wonders. It is also rich in historical buildings and unmissable cultural spots which make it a perfect getaway for all kinds of tourists. 

Val Senales, Val di Fosse and Val Passiria

The Val di Fosse Valley is crossed by the Alta Via di Merano hiking trail that travels all around the Tessa Natural Park. Must-visit attractions of the area include the Gelato Pass, the Petrarca mountain cabin and the Val Passiria Valley. Not far away sits the Val Senales Valley, especially renowned for its Giogo Alto Glacier, which spreads at the bottom of the valley, on the border with Austria, and has become a popular destination among skiing and winter sports lovers. 

Val Venosta, Ortles, Martello

Val Venosta Valley is famous for its rich cultural heritage and natural landscape and for the several trails that make it a paradise for hikers and mountain bike lovers. Also, most of the valley sits inside the Stelvio National Park. From Val Venosta many paths lead to the Watles Valley from where it is possible to enjoy the view over the Ortles-Cevedale group and the Martello Valley, not to be missed by those looking forward to enjoying a unique naturale landscape.

Merano and its surroundings

Merano and its surroundings represent the perfect mixture of Mediterranean culture and alpine panoramas. On the one hand, the city of Merano is renowned for its Spa that attracts thousands of tourists every year; on the other hand, given its location at the bottom of the valley and on the border with four other important valleys (Val Venosta, Val Passiria, Val d’Adige and Val d’Ultimo), it is an ideal spot for outdoor sports, skiing and culinary events lovers.

Val Gardena

The Val Gardena Valley is made up by several municipalities, among which are Ortisei, Santa Cristina and Selva di Val Gardena, and it is located at the heart of the Alto Adige Dolomites. The valley is surrounded by majestic mountains such as the Sella group and the Puez group. But the valley’s symbol is Sassolungo, with its impressing indented peaks.

Here the Dolomite Mountains are covered by several paths which lead to Alpine huts, pastures and superb rock formations.

Bolzano and its surroundings

Bolzano is a superb city well-known for the variety of languages, the architecture that combines Italian and North-European styles and the vast cultural and gastronomic heritage. The fascinating landscape made up by valleys and mountains that surround the city and its cool Alpine climate make it the ultimate destination for both summer and winter holidays. 

Alta Badia - Val Badia

The Val Badia Valley comprises two touristic areas (Bassa Badia and Alta Badia) and five municipalities (Badia, San Martino in Badia, Corvara and San Virgilio di Marebbe). Apart from the cultural and gastronomical variety that these towns have to offer, in Val Badia you can find some of the most well-known Dolomitic groups, like the mountains that separates Val Badia from the Valle di Luson Valley - the Mountains of Campiglio, Giogo di Colletto and Muro - and the Sella Group. It is the ideal spot to practice skiing, hiking, walking and climbing. 

Another very peculiar trait of Val Badia - apart from its magnificent landscape - is the widespread use of the Ladino language, which is commonly spoken here together with German and Italian.

Dolomites of Trentino

The Dolomites of Trentino are a mountain range that forms a part of the Italian Alps and have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2009. These extraordinary natural wonders dominate the landscape of Trentino and combine the pristine and lush natural environment with their distinctive and unmistakable rock formations. 

The peculiarity of the Dolomites is due to the geographical and geological wonder that causes the phenomenon of alpenglow, which gives the mountains a golden pink hue. 

The alpenglow is utterly peculiar and usually happens at sunrise and especially at sunset. It manifests differently according to the period of the year and to the day of the week; this is due to the dolomite mineral contained inside the mountains’ rocks that makes their color gradually change from deep red to purple. 

The main mountain range of Trentino are the Brenta Dolomites, that extend within its borders. They are distinct from the other ranges that mark the boundary with Alto Adige and are called the Latemar Dolomites, the Sassolungo Dolomites and the dolomitic groups of Pale di San Martino and Marmolada.

The following is a list of the many wonderful natural attractions that can be visited across the Dolomites. 

Madonna di Campiglio, Val Rendena, Pinzolo

Madonna di Campiglio is a popular tourist destination located in a magnificent valley called Val Rendena, between the extraordinary Brenta Dolomites and the Adamello-Presanella glaciers, at an elevation of 1550 meters. It has been a tourist attraction since the half of the XIX century, when the entrepreneur Giovanni Battisti Righi established here the first modern hotel. At the end of the XIX century the first section of the Mountain Rescue was created in Val Rendena by Nepomuceno Bolognini (one of the most prominent people of Trentino). 

Pinzolo is another well-known touristic area of Val Rendena. 

Val di Fassa

Val di Fassa is the most renowned of the dolomitic valleys, the only one in Trentino where the Ladino language is still spoken. It extends in between the 1180 meters a.s.l. of the town of Moena and dolomitic peaks that reach an elevation of more that 3000 meters.

The main touristic attractions of the area are the dolomitic groups of Mamolada, Catinaccio, Sella and Sassolungo and the San Pellegrino Pass, which make Val di Fassa an excellent destination for Alpine sports lovers. 

Val di Sole

The valley is surrounded by some very important mountain ranges, in particular the Ortles-Cevedale groups at the north side, the Brenta group at the south side and the Adamello-Presanella group at the west side. At an elevation higher than 1600 meters, the valley extends for more than 40 kilometers all the way to the Stelvio National Park and it is crossed by the Noce River. The area comprehends 13 towns and many hamlets from which tourists can enjoy breathtaking views.

Altopiano di Pinè and Valle di Cembra

The Cembra Valley and the Pinè Upland are known for their lush terrace slopes and for their veneyards-covered hills adorned by small towns and hamlets. The valley is especially renowned for the Müller Thurgau grape variety. Also, the Cembra Valley features several lakes enclosed by meadows, making it a perfect destination for family vacations and for adventure sports enthusiasts.  

Valli Giudicarie - Valle del Chiese

The Giudicarie Valleys extend from Comano Hot Springs to Tione Basin in the northern area of Trentino and join Valle Del Chiese to the south. The area is very well-known amongst extreme sports enthusiasts, who can find here a prime location for the practice of rock climbing thanks to the well-equipped cliffs. Also, the many paths are a treasure for hike lovers. The valley of the Chiese River, which spreads between the Adamello Glacier and the Idro Lake, is characterized by the presence of several castles and ancient towns, while the lake itself represents the ideal location for the practice of water sports such as windsurfing, canoeing or surfing.

Alpe Cimbra - Folgaria, Lavarone, Luserna

Alpe Cimbra is an alpine land located at the south-western side of Trentino and includes the municipalities of Folgaria, Lavarone and Luserna. The elevation of the highest peaks reaches over 2000 meters and the valley is spotted with the most beautiful crystal clear streams in the whole of the Dolomiti range. The uplands are the perfect spot for outdoor sports, lovely walks and bike hikes. 

The joining element of these alpine terraces is the German-Cimbrian culture.

San Martino di Castrozza, Passo Rolle, Primiero and Vanoi

San Martino di Castrozza is a picturesque area which is part of the municipality of Primer San Martino di Castrozza, in the eastern side of Trentino. San Martino is located in a lush meadowed basin and it is surrounded by the Paneveggio-Pale Natural Park, where many outdoor sports can be practiced; the area also features several paths along which all mountain lovers can take pleasant walks. 

Passo Rolle is an alpine passage located at 1984 meters a.s.l. which joins the valleys of Primiero and Fiemme. The pass connects San Martino di Castrozza with Bellamonte, a suburb of Predazzo. 

The Vanoi Valley is located in the eastern side of Trentino and takes its name from the stream that crosses it, the Vanoi, which is the main tributary of the Cismon River. The valley is embellished by the surrounding peaks of the Lagorai Range.

Trento, Monte Bondone, Valle dei Laghi, Rotaliana

To visit these territories is like taking an enchanting and unforgettable trip through history, art and nature. Where to go? Trento represents a must-visit location if one is on a cultural and archeological vacation. The city is located at the feet of the Bondone Mountain, a prime spot for summer sports and especially for skiing, thanks to its popular ski resort. 

The Valle dei Laghi Valley extends from Trento to an ancient fortification carved out of the cliff, a unique sight for art and nature lovers. It comprehends seven beautiful lakes and an astonishing vegetation. 

The Rotaliana Plain is especially renowned for its exquisite wines. 

Dolomiti di Brenta - Terme di Comano

The Brenta Dolomites are located in Western Trentino, on the westside of the Adige River. Engraved amongst this enchanted landscape and the Garda Lake is the Comano Spa,a peaceful oasis in the heart of the Brenta Dolomites. 

This area includes the three Uplands of Banale, Bleggio and Lomaso. The Comano Spa is a unique place; the high quality of the resort and the properties of its waters are internationally renowned. 

The Adamello-Brenta Park represents the largest conservation area of Trentino and includes the dolomitic groups of Brenta and Adamello-Presanella. 

Val di Non and Predaia

The Val di Non Valley is famous for its high-alltitude apple orchards. Together with the Predaia Upland they offer all kinds of amenities for family holidays and for tourists in search of spectacular locations where to practice adventure sports. There are several lakes and rivers, with the main ones being the Santa Giustina Lake, the San Felice Lake and the Tovel Lake.

Val di Fiemme

Val di Fiamme Valley is one of the main valleys of Dolomites and sits in the area of Eastern Trentino. The valley follows the Avisio Stream in between the Lagorai, Latemar and Pale di San Martino mountains, the latter comprehending the Vezzana peak, the highest peak of the areawith its 3192 meters a.s.l. 

There are eleven towns in the valley, including Predazzo and Cavalese. 

Valsugana, Lagorai

The region of Valsugana in well-known for its lush woods, astonishing landscapes and views, bathing lakes and rivers. The main lakes of Valsugana, Caldonazzo and Levico have obtained the Blue Flag Certification for the high quality standards of their waters and services. In the Valsugana Valley sits the Lagorai range, that separates it from the Val di Fiemme Valley. The access points are at the Manghen Pass, the Rolle Pass and through the Cermis cable car. The mountain landscape of the area offers a wild and pristine natural setting, unique in Europe. 

Rovereto, Vallagarina, Altopiano di Bretonico

Rovereto is the administrative center of Vallagarina Valley. Here you can find the best museums of the area and probably the best architectural locations. Vallagarina is also well-known for its enchanting castles, which are amongst the best in Trentino and include the Sabbionara di Avio Castle. 

The varied nature of the area can be enjoyed by tourists in every season. 

Only 16 kilometers aways from Rovereto, the Bretonico Upland is an ideal setting for relaxing and offers several panoramic viewpoints overlooking the Garda Lake, the Dolomites and from which, with a bit of "weather-luck", tourist will also be able to see the Pianura Padana. 

Garda Trentino and Valle di Ledro

The Valle di Ledro Valley sits in the southern part of Trentino, close to the Garda Lake. The Garda Lake represents the perfect spot where to practice water sports such as windsurf and kite surf. The valley, with its villages and mountains, also offers plenty of chances for hiking and mountain biking. The lush flora that surrounds Italy's largest lake and the beauty of the adjacent mountains make Garda Trentino an extraordinary and unique natural setting. It is a hugely popular touristic destination especially amongst Italians and Germans, who have chosen these Trentino locations as favourite getaways. Valle di Ledro Valley was made famous by an important discovery made in the town of Molina during the last century, when several Bronze Age pile dwelling were found on the edge of the Ledro Lake.

Venetian Dolomites

The Belluno Dolomites (that is, the Venetian Dolomites) are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2009. They have always attracted hiking, climbing, mountain biking and outdoor sports enthusiasts. Nonetheless, this incredible lush natural environment also represents the ultimate destination for memorable holidays and romantic escapes.

The area of the Belluno Dolomites comprises the major Dolomitic groups including Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Monte Civetta, Moiazza, Marmolada and Croda Rossa d’Ampezzo. The main Dolomitic group takes its name from the municipality of Belluno in which is located.

The territory includes two natural parks: the Belluno Dolomites Natural Park, rich in a variety of landscapes, and the Ampezzo Dolomites Natural Park. A number of diverse natural treasures are found in this area, among them the Somadida Natural Reserve, Misurina Lake and the Serrai di Sottoguda Canyon. The following is a short introduction to the most important touristic attractions of the Belluno Dolomites area.

Agordino

This territory is located in the municipality of Belluno and extends along the Cordevole Stream. The main centre is Agordo, for both inhabitants and historic heritage. From the Agordino area it is possible to enjoy views over a number of peaks that are part of the Dolomites Natural Park and surround the renowned Cordevole Valley.

Six valleys can be found in the area: Conca Agordina, Val Biois, Val Cordevole, Val Pettorina, Valle di Fodom and Val Fiorentina. The most beautiful is probably Val Cordevole Valley, that extends down the slopes of the Pordoi Pass all the way to the town of Alleghe, the Pale di San Luciano group and the hamlets of the Agordino area.

This region also includes the Alleghe Lake, which formed in 1771 following a landslide which remains visible to this day.

Valbelluna - Alpe del Nevegàl

The Valbelluna or Val Belluna Valley has a surface of over 1100 km² and corresponds to the section of the Piave Valley included between the Alpine foothills of Belluno on one side and the Southern Dolomites on the other side. A popular winter destination of Valbelluna Valley is the Alpe del Nevgàl Upland, a famous ski resort renowned among skiing enthusiasts located on the south side of Belluno. It consists of 20 km of ski slopes, with the most popular being the Coca Slope which includes an illuminated section called Coca Bassa. These ski runs are particularly suitable for cross-country skiing, climbing and snowboarding. During summer months the area of Nevegàl becomes the main starting point for a number of excursions, hiking trails, downhill mountain biking and free climbing.

Cortina d’Ampezzo

Also known as the “Pearl of the Dolomites”, Cortina d’Ampezzo is the most popular and touristic city in the Dolomites and it is the location of many events dedicated to winter and mountain sports. Cortina d’Ampezzo, host town of the Winter Olympics of 1956 and the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships of 1932 and 1941, offers everything a skiing enthusiast needs: ski mountaineering, cross-country skiing, free riding, snowboarding, ice hockey; all of these activities can be enjoyed at the heart of the Dolomites National Park, that offers unparalleled views and landscapes. For hiking and natural parks lovers the best time to set out on a discovery journey of the wonders that the natural paradise of the Veneto area has to offer are the months from May to October.

Monte Civetta

The Monte Civetta Mountain group is part of the Belluno Dolomites. It divides the Val di Zoldo Valley from the Agordino area and it is a favourite destination among hiking enthusiasts. Nowadays the Civetta Mountain represents the largest ski complex of the whole Veneto region. The Mountain and its valleys perfectly combine natural beauty, tradition, history and adventure sports. On the north-western side of the Civetta Mountain, between the Cima Su Alto Peak and the Torre Coldai Peak you can find a rock wall with a vertical drop of 1000+ meters, a spot not to be missed by any professional climber.

Arabba and Marmolada

Arabba is the main site in the Fodom Valley, a location surrounded by the most striking and beautiful peaks of the Dolomites. The valley extends at the feet of the Sella group, nestled in a beautifully unique landscape. If you are a hiking or mountain biking enthusiast you simply cannot miss the climb that connects Arabba to the Cima Coppi Peak - a memorable experience enjoyed every summer by tourists and locals alike.

The Marmolada Mountain, located between Veneto and Trentino, it’s the highest massif of the Dolomites, with its peaks reaching an elevation of 3348 meters; also, it includes the largest glacier of the whole range.

Marmolada represents a prime location for extraordinary holidays and can be enjoyed by all: from hard-to-please sport aficionados to families looking for peace and tranquility in the unique setting of this extraordinary land.

Falcade and Valle del Biois

The Valle del Biois Valley is about 20 km long going from the San Pellegrino Pass to the town of Cencenighe Agordino. It is connected to Trentino by two passes, the San Pellegrino and the Valles. Valle del Bios is one of the most beautiful valleys of the Dolomites, surrounded by Marmolada, Pale di San Martino and Monte Civetta. It comprises several towns and of particular importance is Falcade, a famous touristic centre where you can see many examples of “tabià”, a traditional Venetian barn, and visit the Augusto Murer Museum, that showcases a rich collection of works, sculptures and drawings by the Falcadian artist. Another important municipality of Valle del Biois is Canale d’Agordo, the hometown of Pope John Paul I.

Alpago, Lago di Santa Croce, Cansiglio

Alpago, a region within the Belluno province, includes in its territory the Santa Croce Lake and the Cansiglio Woods. Both locations are prime destinations for summer holidays. Alpago, Cansiglio and Santa Croce Lake represent landmarks for those wanting to combine windsurfing, kite surfing, paragliding, fishing and climbing.

Santa Croce Lake is a natural lake and the second largest basin of Veneto, located on the border between Belluno and Treviso.

Vette Feltrine - Croce d’Aune, Monte Avena

Not to be missed while on a holiday in the Dolomites is the gorgeous hiking trail on the Avena Mount. From the Mount you can enjoy a unique view over the peaks of Vette Feltrine and the Alpine foothills. It is also an ideal mountain biking trail. Following the path you will reach an imposing climb that will lead you to the Apine hut of Giorgio Dal Piaz, on the Croce D’Aune Pass.

Another extraordinary natural treasure and wonderful sight - unique in the Italian landscape - is represented by the basins caused by the last glaciation and by the following events.

You will find here an unusual landscape, in which the untamed vegetation of the mountains and the ice are the only protagonists and the only sound you can hear is the wind howling.

Comelico - Sappada

Sappada is a municipality in the Belluno Dolomites and it has become a very popular touristic destination for both summer and winter holidays. It stands at an elevation of 1200 meters between the areas of Cadore and Carnia. The main peaks in the surroundings of Sappada are Monte Peralba, with a peak of 2694 meters and at whose feet the Piave River is born, Pic Cjadenis and Monte Lastroni.

Comelico is a land at the edge of the Dolomites, with Santo Stefano di Cadore as its main cultural centre, located between Val Pàdola and Val Pusteria.

To plan a holiday in this area is a brilliant idea if you are looking for an experience able to combine mountain, history, culture and nature.

Cadore, Auronzo, Misurina, Tre Cime di Lavaredo

The area of Cadore sits in the northernmost part of the Belluno province, within Veneto, inside the mountainous region of the Eastern Dolomites; it is framed by the legendary peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Marmarole and Cadini di Misurina.

The peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo are a prominent symbol of the Dolomites Natural Park and are considered some of the greatest wonders of mountain climbing.

The peaks are:

-     Cima Piccola (Little Peak), in the central position (2999 meters);

-     Cima Ovest (Western Peak);

-     Cima Piccola (Little Peak).

On the peaks there are numerous trails that are suitable to any kind of tourist; some of the paths are fully equipped to allow hikers to reach panoramic viewing points.

Auronzo di Cadore, resting on the borders with South Tyrol and Trentino, is another municipality of the Belluno province, popular as both summer and winter destination. The area offers many cultural activities, sporting events and international competitions. Have some amazing fun on the world's longest alpine coaster in the entire world!